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Neo-Nazi Teacher No Longer Employed by Central Arkansas High School

Posted in Anti-Black, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on May 14, 2014 - 3:34 pm
Philip Holthoff

Philip Holthoff

An Arkansas school district has accepted the resignation of a high school social studies teacher whose online racist comments and history of neo-Nazi activism were disclosed last month by Hatewatch.

Philip Holthoff, 53, taught at Star City High School in central Arkansas until he resigned abruptly following an investigation of his white supremacist activities, district superintendent Richard Montgomery told KTHV-TV in Little Rock today.

The school district has said nothing else publicly about its investigation or the teacher’s termination, and Holthoff has not commented publicly. It’s highly likely that he resigned after learning he was about to be fired.

Holthoff was placed on administrative leave after Hatewatch reported on April 24 that the high school teacher – using the screen name “David_Lee_Saxon” – had posted more than 400 racist comments on the Stormfront site.

What’s more, Holthoff had a long pedigree in neo-Nazi circles and was a significant financial contributor – a “sustaining member” – of Stormfront, the largest hate site on the Internet whose extremist users have murdered nearly 100 people.

The Star City School District has not disclosed what kind of background check – if any – they performed before hiring Holthoff, whose racist activism goes back 35 years. Records show he joined the neo-Nazi National Alliance in May 1980 at the age of 19, where he was given membership number A3148. Records also show Holthoff joined National Vanguard in May 2005 as member #V0547, and he is listed as a “lifetime” member of White Revolution.

In the past decade, while teaching young people at Star City High, Holthoff authored more than 400 posts on Stormfront, frequently making crude, anti-black comments.

“I teach high school and you would be amazed at some of the wild rumors Negro students believe,” Holthoff wrote in 2008.

In a 2009 post, Holthoff wrote: “I teach social studies in a public high school and I am racially conscious!” Later, following up on that topic, he wrote: “You don’t know chaos until you have seen Negro students going wild in the halls after the [2008] election screaming: OBAMA…OBAMA!!!”

In a post last year, Holthoff described his high school’s commencement ceremonies and complained about “that odor” of African Americans. “Its [sic] graduation time. I always get a kick out of how white administrators beg and plead for people to behave during the ceremonies. Black parents are the worse. The entire race must have ADD. Halfway into the ceremony they scream, shout, blow air guns and dance in the aisle when their child’s name is called. And that odor get in your clothes to! [sic]”

He applauded the often-expressed racist fantasy of rounding up “race traitors after the revolution,” Hatewatch reported last month. Just earlier this year he expressed the hope that a “top secret group” of white supremacists would “bring to justice” those “traitors” who promote interracial activities like the Super Bowl. ( continue to full post… )

White Supremacist Celebrates Second Year as GOP Committeeman with Stormfront Post

Posted in Anti-Black, White Supremacist by David Neiwert on May 13, 2014 - 4:03 pm
Steve Smith with Congressman Lou Barletta

Steve Smith with Congressman Lou Barletta

Even though his fellow Republicans originally denounced him, Steve Smith has been unrepentant and unapologetic about his racial views in the two years since he was elected to a Republican county committee in Pennsylvania. Nowadays, some of those Republicans even pose for photos with him at fundraisers. [Updated with statements from Rep. Lou Barletta and Matthew Dietz below.]

Smith, a former skinhead with a violent criminal record and past associations with neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations, was elected in May 2012 to a four-year term to the Luzerne County, Pa., Republican Party county committee, on what appears to have been a single write-in vote – his own. Republican officials initially attempted to have Smith removed from the position, but eventually gave up and let Smith remain.

Smith recently posted a note at Stormfront – the white supremacist website whose users are responsible for nearly one hundred murders – observing that he had been in office for two years and was becoming entrenched in his role. “Not only were they not successful in ousting me, I was appointed as an officer in my district in my first year!” he boasted.

In the ensuing thread, his fellow white supremacists praised him for his “bravery.” Smith proclaimed: “I consistently vocalize my pro-White viewpoints at meetings. I tell perspective [sic] Congressional candidates that stopping the illegal alien invasion should be their top issue if they truly care about the future of this country.”

One of the participants in the thread asked: “I’m curious. Do you bring along the increase in crime statistics with you when you are arguing these points? If so, how do they handle it?”

Steve Smith with congressional candidate Matt Connolly

Steve Smith with congressional candidate Matt Connolly

Smith answered: “These politicians know I am telling the truth. They have never even tried to debate me on these facts.”

“Unfortunately, these politicians fear being called a “racist” more than they fear the violent crime that blacks and non-white Hispanics are bringing into their neighborhoods,” he added.

This note was similar to a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, that Smith wrote last year, defending and explaining his views: ( continue to full post… )

Search Warrant Reveals Details Behind Frazier Glenn Miller Shooting Spree

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Don Terry on May 7, 2014 - 2:35 pm

These are the ingredients of hate, the recipe for murder:

A copy of Mein Kampf, three boxes of ammunition, a red t-shirt with a swastika symbol and a file folder titled, “Going underground and declaring war against the government.”

Then add a list of kosher places to eat, a racist, anti-Semitic periodical called The Aryan Alternative and a computer printout about a singing contest to be held at a Jewish community center that is sure to attract hundreds of teenagers.

FBI agents, armed with a search warrant, retrieved these items and several others from the rural Missouri home of Frazier Glenn Miller, a few hours after the 73-year-old neo-Nazi was arrested for allegedly gunning down three people at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City on Sunday, April 13.

Miller being apprehended (KCTV 5 News)

Miller being apprehended (KCTV 5 News)

The warrant was issued at 7:05 PM in Lawrence County, Mo., about six hours after the killing began at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in suburban Overland Park, Kan. The center is some 190 miles from Miller’s home, a “single family dwelling with gray siding and green shingles,” according to the warrant.

Agents went looking for “any evidence of the crime to include but not limited to…”

“Any documents and electronic media that may contain information about white supremacy, anti Semitism, and any documents concerning white supremacy groups…Any firearms, and ammunition…”

The agents were also looking for any maps and directions to the Village Shalom Retirement Center, which was the second Jewish facility attacked that April afternoon.

They found much of what they were looking for.

Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, allegedly began his killing spree around 1 PM at the Jewish Community Center. It was packed with hundreds of young hopefuls, trying out for the singing contest, details of which agents found in Miller’s home.

One of the aspiring singers was 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, who was accompanied to the audition by his grandfather, Dr. William Corporon, 69.

Miller, prosecutors charge, shot them to death in the center’s parking lot before they had a chance to even get inside the building.

The former Klan leader turned neo-Nazi then allegedly shot and killed Terri LaManno, 53, who was visiting her mother at the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Center.

Miller is being held on $10 million bond.

After surrendering without a fight, Miller was placed in the back of a police car where he shouted through the wire mesh, “Heil Hitler.”

None of the dead was Jewish.

Court Hands Craig Cobb Four Years Probation for Terrorizing Leith Residents

Posted in Extremist Crime, White Supremacist by Ryan Lenz on April 29, 2014 - 3:09 pm
Cobb seen in  a YouTube video walking around Leith armed

Cobb walking around Leith armed before his arrest (YouTube)

Craig Cobb, the white supremacist who tried to take over a small North Dakota town and turn it into an all-white enclave named “Cobbsville,” was given four years probation on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges he terrorized residents last fall.

Cobb, 62, has been in jail since November 2013, when he was arrested after parading through the streets with a weapon –– something he claimed he had to do in response to harassment. Cobb’s original charges included seven felony counts of terrorizing, which would have carried a maximum sentence of 30 years had he not entered into a plea agreement.

Leith officials met news of the sentence with disgust, feeling that Cobb’s efforts had upended the town’s idyllic calm and changed the lives of Leith residents forever.

Leith Mayor Ryan Schock, who was hoping for a longer prison term, said he worried it would take a long time for the town to recover from the turmoil, especially given that Cobb on Tuesday would soon be a free man. “When are we going to be safe from him?” Schock told the Associated Press. “He has made his mark on our lives.”

Cobb moved to Leith more than two years ago and quickly began buying properties, then selling those properties to other white nationalists. His plan was to build an all-Aryan stronghold named “Cobbsville” that could stand against racial diversity and multiculturalism. Those plans were first revealed by Hatewatch in August.

With his legal troubles behind him, Cobb said he plans to “retire from white nationalism” and ask the court for permission to move to Missouri to care for his ailing mother. “I regret my actions. I know I was wrong and I accept responsibility for my actions. It was an unfortunate confluence of circumstances and bad decisions on my part,” Cobb told the court.

Sheriff Seeks to Interview Frazier Glenn Miller about 1987 Triple Murder

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on April 25, 2014 - 4:58 pm
Miller being apprehended (KCTV 5 News)

Miller being apprehended in Kansas (KCTV 5 News)

Cold-case homicide investigators from North Carolina will travel to Kansas City in the hopes of interviewing accused triple murderer Frazier Glenn Miller about an earlier triple homicide and arson at a Shelby, N.C., adult bookstore.

Miller, 73, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was arrested April 13 and is charged with three hate-crime murders outside two Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kan.

In the past when he has faced the prospect of criminal prosecution, Miller – the founder of both the now-defunct Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriots Party – has agreed to cooperate with investigators and prosecutors in exchange for leniency.

The news site Raw Story reported last week that “Miller should have been considered the prime suspect in” the Jan. 17, 1987, robbery-murders at the Shelby III Adult Bookstore.

Just two months after that unsolved crime, Miller went “underground” for 44 days to avoid arrest on a criminal contempt citation that came after the Southern Poverty Law Center successfully sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and intimidating African Americans.

The tiny community of Shelby, about 30 miles from Charlotte, is of significance to Miller, he wrote in his autobiography, because it’s where his neo-Nazi, paramilitary White Patriots Party staged its first large rally in April 1985.  At the time, Miller wrote, he lived about 200 miles away in Angier, N.C.

At this point, the only known link between Miller and the unsolved homicides in Shelby is his role as a prosecution witness in a 1989 trial against former White Patriots Party follower, Douglas Sheets.

Miller’s testimony in that state murder trial came one year after he was a prosecution witnesses in the Justice Department’s failed attempt to convict 14 other white supremacists in Fort Smith, Ark., of plotting the overthrow of the U.S. government.  Miller entered the federal Witness Protection Program after testifying in that case and was given the name Frazier Glenn Cross.  He moved to Iowa and became a truck driver.

After the month-long jury trial in North Carolina in 1989, that included Miller’s testimony, Sheets was acquitted of involvement in the murders at the business that attracted a gay and bisexual clientele, Sheet’s defense attorney Leslie A. Farfour  told Hatewatch today.

“The only way I think he [Miller] will be linked to these unsolved murders is if he confesses,” Farfour told Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )

The People of Stormfront: Who Backs the Largest Hate Site on the Internet?

Posted in Anti-Black, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Heidi Beirich on April 24, 2014 - 10:44 am

Here at Hatewatch, we’re taking a deeper look at the donors who keep the largest hate site on the Internet – Stormfront – up and running. Taking in more than $100,000 a year in contributions, Stormfront is one of the best-funded hate sites in the world.

Although the site has hundreds of “Sustaining Members” that pledge $50 a year, a detailed financial study by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) shows that usually less than a dozen donors provide more than half of the income Stormfront takes in each month.

In fact, only a handful of high value contributors cover most of the costs involved in keeping Don Black, owner of Stormfront, and his vision of “White Pride Worldwide” online.

Philip Holthoff

Philip Holthoff on the Star City High School website

This month, Philip Holthoff, an odd and intensely racist Arkansas high school social studies teacher was among them, pledging $100 on April 20th.  He is also a sustaining member. Holthoff’s donation came just days after a Southern Poverty Law Center report identified Stormfront as the primary online meeting place for murderers involved in white supremacist-related killings worldwide.

Holthoff, 53, a teacher at Star City High School in Star City, Ark., about 60 miles south of Little Rock, is another neo-Nazi in a position of trust, hidden in plain sight. On his Facebook page, he links to various hate groups, including American Renaissance, The Occidental Quarterly and Alternative Right, along with the Star City High School Art Department.

It is on Stormfront, in more than 400 posts over the past ten years, where Holthoff has made clear his opinion of the African-American students he is entrusted to educate. Posting under the anonymous user name, “David_Lee_Saxon,” Holthoff has been unflinchingly open about his professional position. “I teach high school and you would be amazed at some of the wild rumors Negro students believe,” Holthoff wrote in 2008.

In a 2009 post in the Stormfront Youth section, in a thread titled “Aren’t Teachers Supposed to Teach truth?” Holthoff wrote: “I teach social studies in a public high school and I am racially conscious!”

In another forum thread he started in 2009 titled “Reflections from a racially conscious high school teacher,” the Arkansas teacher wrote, “You don’t know chaos until you have seen Negro students going wild in the halls after the [2008] election screaming: OBAMA…OBAMA!!!”

Mike Walker, the principal at Star City High School, told Hatewatch he had “no clue” about Holthoff’s racist activities. Dr. Richard Montgomery, the school district’s superintendent, told Hatewatch, “The school district does not advocate hating anyone.” For his part, Holthoff told Hatewatch, after being advised that his racist postings would be reported on, “That’s fine. Go for it.” He added, “I’m not talking to you. I have nothing to say.”

In his writings, rife with spelling and punctuation errors, Holthoff has repeatedly expressed his opinion on interracial dating in his high school. “In every high school there are white girls willing to have sex with black males. I have seen it change from “‘Thats [sic] is so gross, I would never do that .’ [sic] to ‘Well, I personally wouldn’t do it, but if they are in love who are we to interfere?” He continues, “What is changing now is that even ‘nice’ girls from ‘good’ families are having interracial relationships. its not just ‘poor white trash’ girls anymore. I know of cases in which they go to the prom together and the white parent does not have a problem with it!”

Holthoff complained again last year about interracial relationships at his high school. ( continue to full post… )

Originator of ‘White Man’s March’ Hangs It Up, Saying Idea Will Live On

Posted in Extremist Propaganda, White Nationalism, White Supremacist by David Neiwert on April 20, 2014 - 7:27 pm

It wasn’t the flood of scorn and derision, which Kyle Hunt says he fully expected last month when he announced his nationwide “White Man’s March” – in which small clusters of white supremacists popped up in various locales bearing banners with the slogan “Diversity = White Genocide” – that most discouraged him. No, it was the astonishingly vicious reaction by his would-be allies within the white power movement that really rocked his world.

Either way, Hunt announced this weekend at the White Man’s March blog that he was handing off the reins of the “White Man’s March” to…no one in particular. He’s just resigning:

Of course animosity was to be expected from the anti-White media, but sadly many alleged pro-Whites have been launching vicious assaults upon me, trying to discredit the message and methodology of the White Man March by attacking my character and reputation. Sure, the aspersions are being cast by cowards and incompetents, but such tactics still help to discourage others from joining the cause. At this point, I consider having myself as a “leader” to be more of a hindrance to our cause than a help. I do not want to be a liability. I previously wrote that this is not an organization and there is no leader and now I am just making it official.

It’s not clear how, but Hunt apparently believes the concept will now continue anyway:

Now that the White Man March has taken off, you really do not need me anymore. You are your own leader. I look forward to seeing all of the things that you will accomplish.

Hunt is right about one thing: His ex-Google-guy-with-a-ponytail schtick went over like Malmolm X at a cross burning among the longtime white supremacist factions to whom he was a complete newcomer and stranger. One leading white power activist, who himself claims credit for the “Diversity” banner, called Hunt’s campaign “a hijack,” and numerous white nationalists denounced his efforts as a sideshow.

Diversity-Egg

Kyle Hunt’s illustration for spreading his ideas in Easter eggs

None of that seemed to have bothered Hunt until very recently, as far as we can tell. Earlier this month he published a long, cheery post titled “Game Planning for Future Marches” that included, among other bright ideas, invading children’s Easter celebrations by planting white supremacist messages in their plastic eggs: “You could buy some of those really cheap plastic Easter eggs, maybe put in something for a little bit of weight, and include a small strip of paper in there with some of our material printed on one side, with your favorite websites printed on the back.”

Hunt does make a disclaimer of sorts – “Since we are not targeting children, think of some ways to get these eggs into the hands of adults” – that overlooks the fact that Easter eggs are in fact targeted to children.

Retirement was probably a good idea for Kyle Hunt.

SPLC Report: Nearly 100 Murdered by Stormfront Users

Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Hatewatch Staff on April 17, 2014 - 11:02 am

Almost 100 people were murdered over the last five years by registered users of Stormfront, the largest racist Web forum in the world, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The forum in effect acts to nurture budding killers and give them moral support, the report says.

Former Klan leader Don Black (right), seen here in an earlier era with David Duke, provides an electronic home and breeding ground for racists who have murdered nearly 100 people in the last five years. (The Tennessean / Jimmy Ellis)

Former Klan leader Don Black (right), seen here in an earlier era with David Duke, provides an electronic home and breeding ground for racists who have murdered nearly 100 people in the last five years. (The Tennessean / Jimmy Ellis)

A similar racist forum, Vanguard News Network (VNN), was used by neo-Nazi and former Klan leader Frazier Glenn Cook (formerly Miller), who was charged earlier this week with the murder of three people he mistakenly believed were Jews. Miller logged more than 12,000 posts on VNN in recent years.

Read the report here.

Exclusive: Frazier Glenn Miller’s 2013 Calls to the Southern Poverty Law Center

Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, White Supremacist by Josh Glasstetter on April 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Glenn_MillerLast fall, the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, Heidi Beirich, spoke on multiple occasions with Frazier Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross), the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shootings at two Jewish community centers in Kansas. Miller, who once plotted to assassinate SPLC founder Morris Dees, wanted to invite Beirich on to a right-wing talk radio show and arrange a debate with her on the racist Vanguard News Network forum. During one of the calls, Miller reacted incredulously when she accused him of wanting to kill Jews.

Beirich and Miller discussed his ideology, history in the white supremacist movement and violent past. Miller said he joined the cause after reading the racist, anti-Semitic “Thunderbolt” newsletter – “I’ve been obsessed ever since 1974 when I became Jew-wise,” he said. “When I read that thing, my hair stood up, my neck turned red, and I knew I had found a home.” He went on to praise National Alliance founder William Pierce as “probably the best” and called David Duke “super-persuasive.”

Miller was convinced that whites are facing extinction at the hands of Jews and blacks and accused Beirich of supporting “anti-white genocide.” She told him that SPLC is trying to “stop people like you who want to kill Jews and exterminate Jews.” “Who the hell is killing Jews, who’s exterminating Jews?” Miller asked incredulously. Beirich responded that Miller’s associate Alex Linder, who runs the Vanguard News Network forum, where he was a senior member, says that Jews should be exterminated. Miller said that was just a “god damn opinion.”

Miller went on to explain how, in his view, Jews are increasing and whites are dying off. “Everything that’s killing us was brought about by Jews,” he said, citing abortion, which he says has killed “40 million white babies.”

 

Beirich and Miller spoke not long before racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed. Miller said Franklin, who was convicted of eight racially-motivated murders and implicated in many more, had a “rationale” for his actions – “he thought he was doing the right thing,” he said. Miller then declared Franklin “a righteous vigilante.”

 

Miller expressed a variety of anti-Semitic views and theories during the course of his calls to Beirich. “They don’t deny they control media,” he exclaimed. When told that Jews “are just like all other people,” he asked incredulously, “Why is it that that their DNA makes them all equivalent of fourth and fifth cousins at least?” “All you got to do is Google ‘Jew DNA,” he said. ( continue to full post… )

Vanguard News Network: A Track Record of Violence

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, White Supremacist by Don Terry on April 14, 2014 - 4:48 pm

The shooting rampage at two Jewish community centers in suburban Kansas City yesterday afternoon that left three people dead, including a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather, also left the radical racist right casting blame and pointing fingers at each other.

Much of that blame is being directed at Alex Linder and the gutturally racist website Vanguard News Network (VNN) he founded in 2000. The site declares, “No Jews. Just Right.”

The alleged neo-Nazi gunman, Frazier Glenn Miller, who was arrested shortly after the shooting and shouted “Heil Hitler” from the back of a police car, has posted over the years more than 12,000 times to VNN, a site one white nationalist critic calls “a swamp.”

But the 73-year-old Miller is not the first VNN user to turn to murder and mayhem.

VNN-forum

Brad Griffin, the editor of the white nationalist website Occidental Dissent and who writes under the name “Hunter Wallace,” posted on his site today that VNN is “the same swamp that gave us the Curt Maynard, Yankee Jim, and JT Ready murder suicides, Joe Snuffy the Spokane bomber, Todd Van Biber who blew himself up with a pipe bomb, and Craig Cobb’s plot to take over Leith and his ‘patrol’ of the town.”

Maynard, who used the screen name “Melcur” when posting on VNN, shot his ex-wife to death before killing himself following a police chase in 2010. In July 2008, Maynard posted to VNN, urging Miller to “lead by an example.”

“I’ve heard you and dozens of others condemn blogging as a waste of time, and constantly encourage others to sacrifice themselves,” Maynard wrote to “Rounder,” Miller’s screen name on VNN. “Why don’t you do it, I mean why don’t you strap on some explosive and walk into a room full of kikes and blow yourselves to Kingdom come.

“I say this in the nicest and most respectful manner possible, why don’t you lead by example and relieve us, this world, of a dozen goddamned Jews.”

In 2008, the body of VNN poster James “Yankee Jim” Leshkevich, 52, a prolific white supremacist blogger, letter-to-the editor writer and radio host, was found hanging in a garage attached to the home he shared with his 55-year-old wife, Deborah. She was found beaten and strangled to death in the couple’s bedroom, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide.

VNN poster “Joe Snuffy” is really Kevin Harpham, who was sentenced to 32 years in prison in 2011 for building and planting a bomb – “a weapon of mass destruction” – along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane, Wash.

The bomb was concealed in a backpack. The lead sinkers in the radio-detonated device were coated with Warfarin rat poison, evidently intended to increase bleeding.

Had it gone off, dozens of men, women and children would have been killed or injured. ( continue to full post… )